A St Michael man, accused of breaking into Mark Lawrence’s home and stealing 24 ounces of gold valued at $20, 000, has been released on $15,000 bail.
Nazim Timon Blackett went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon to answer the charge.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid argued for bail to be denied to Blackett on the grounds that he had other matters pending before the court. Reid also said another person was being sought in connection with the crime.
However, Blackett’s attorney Naomi Lynton said her client had suffered “serious internal injuries” since he was taken into custody last Saturday and was only released from hospital on Tuesday.
The lawyer said she feared that further remand would put his health in jeopardy.
During her lengthy submission, Lynton also explained to the magistrate that Blackett only had one matter pending and had attended court faithfully since it arose in 2014.
She therefore suggested that the magistrate could impose whatever conditions she deemed necessary.
Arguing that it was not the “run of the mill” case, the lawyer said she had “serious concerns about the legitimacy of the charge” since it had not been the one originally indicated to her by investigators.
With a warning to stay away from the complainant, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant granted the accused man bail and adjourned his case until August 11.